How To Repair A Dining Room Chair

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Project by Doug posted 02-21-2020 09:34 PM 586 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of the time we post projects that we build from the ground up. Not this one. I was commissioned to perform a repair on this dining room chair. I’ve done work like this before so I had a pretty good idea about how I wanted to fix it.

The photos (wish the webmaster would correct the auto rotate problem) show some of the process.

Pic 1) Damage to the front and back spindles of the left armrest. Surprisingly, the center spindle was undamaged.
Pic 2) I trimmed of the damaged material, filled any voids with epoxy, and drilled 1/4” holes in the end of each spindle to receive a dowel.
Pic 3) Here are the spindles after I created new tenons for them.
Pic 4) All 3 spindles waiting to be glued in.
Pic 5) Kind of a tricky glue up. The armrest is glued in on a compound angle. Clamps don’t always behave in situations like this.
Pic 6) All back together and ready for the customer. She was very pleased.

I posted a “video” on my new YouTube channel “Just Throwin’ It Together”. Check it out if you want to see how I did it each step of the way. If you find it helpful please Like and Subscribe.

Thanks for taking time to check out my work.

Take care.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 02-22-2020 02:10 AM

Nice save – multiple spindles are a real bi$)ch to get them all aligned.
btw – it’s not up to the webmaster to straighten your pictures.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-25-2020 08:46 AM

Nice fix.
Yes it as important to be able to fix as to do.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 02-25-2020 11:13 PM

Nice fix, came out great. I find I get satisfaction from doing a repair like this, don’t know why, but determining what to do and executing it to a successful finish is gratifying.

I just watched the video, the legs looked like they were a little loose, did you address this?

Also, nice music !

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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